Francisco de Goya

The Marchioness of Castrofuerte (La marquesa de Castrofuerte)

The Marchioness of Castrofuerte (La marquesa de Castrofuerte)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1804 - 1808
Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
91 x 71 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal
Ficha: realización/revisión
18 Mar 2010 / 15 Sep 2022

Before entering the collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this work was in the J. Montesinos collection, Valencia.

Análisis artístico

This three-quarter length portrait shows the marchioness in front of a neutral background and dressed in an elegant overcoat decorated with dots and a dark-coloured fur that covers her neck. We can only see one of her arms, which features pronounced foreshortening. In her hand she holds a closed fan. Her face is pale and has a melancholic look to it. Her hair is gathered up into a bun.

The work forms a pair with the portrait of the subject's husband, the Marquis of Castrofuerte.

According to Camón, this portrait is an extremely modern one, almost closer in feeling to Impressionism than to Romanticism.

Desparmet Fitz-Gerald is of the opinion that the sitter shown in this portrait is not the marchioness but rather another, unidentified woman.

  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 199, cat. 822
  • vol. I, p. 345, cat. 563
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. III, p. 152
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